Kansas City Man Sentenced to 164 Years in String of Armed Robberies

KANSAS CITY, KS—A Kansas City, Missouri man has been sentenced to 164 years for a string of armed robberies, United States Attorney Barry Grissom said today. Abasi S Baker, 32, Kansas City, Missouri, was convicted in a jury trial in September on 21 counts including seven counts of robbery, seven counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, and seven counts of brandishing a firearm during a robbery. “This should send a clear message to convicted felons with guns,” said United States Attorney Barry Grissom. “Gun crimes mean hard time.” During trial, prosecutors presented evidence Baker committed seven robberies including: January 6: Payday Loans, 7636 State Ave ., Kansas City, Kan. January 10: Radio Shack, 7612 State Ave ., Kansas City, Kan. January 12: Payday Loans, 10327 Metcalf Ave ., Overland Park, Kan. January 16: Dollar Store, 8144 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kan. February 16: Check Into Cash, 11044 Quivira, Overland Park, Kan. February 22: Check Into Cash, 15241 W 135th, Olathe, Kan. March 3: Radio Shack, 6945 W 75th, Overland Park, Kan. Co-defendant Mark R Davis is set for a jury trial March 5. Grissom commended the following agencies and individuals for their work on the case: The FBI and the FBI Violent Crimes/Fugitive Task Force; the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office; the United States Attorney, Western District of Missouri; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Kansas City, Mo ., Police Department; the Kansas City, Kan ., Police Department; he Overland Park Police Department; the Olathe Police Department; the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office; the St. Joseph, Mo ., Police Department; the Lee’s Summit, Mo ., Police Department; the Mission, Kan ., Police Department; and assistant United States Attorney Terra Morehead, who prosecuted the case.

Published on: 2012-01-19

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